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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Ponant, the world’s only French-flag cruise line, has completed its acquisition by Artemis, holding company of the Pinault family.Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, Co-founder and CEO of Ponant, said: “In the last three years, together we have launched and financed new ships, opened new offices in Australia and China, and acquired a leading player in the American cultural cruise market. Today we are entering a new phase with a long-term shareholder who, like Bridgepoint, shares our vision and ambitions for Ponant as a global player in the high-end cruise market.”Ponant will now work with Artemis to ramp-up its internationalisation programme, consolidate its positions in France, Switzerland and Belgium and thereby enter a new phase in its development.Under the current Executive Management team, led by Co-founder and CEO Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée and Véronique Saadé, Deputy CEO, Artemis intends to continue Ponant’s strategy focused on innovation.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAs Crystal Cruises continues forward with its brand expansion, the cruise line has officially revealed the newest addition to its fleet in a lavishly outfitted Bombardier Global Express XRS jet. The aircraft will enter service for the award-winning company on 3 April 2016, designed to accommodate just 12 guests in ultimate comfort. The new Crystal Luxury Air fleet will complement itineraries for guests travelling on all things Crystal, offering the option to fly privately on their Crystal vacation.“Crystal Luxury Air will open tremendous possibilities for luxury travellers seeking the next level of ease and exclusivity during their journeys,” says Crystal president and CEO, Edie Rodriguez. “And in the spirit of all things Crystal, and ensuring we offer customisation to our guests, Crystal Luxury Air allows our travel agent partners and guests the ability to truly customise their vacation experiences to privately fly to combine our cruise, yacht, river, residence and air experiences.”The Global Express jet has been extensively refitted with three spacious cabins, which will accommodate business activities, relaxation and sleeping quarters. The forward cabin boasts four executive wide club seats with foldout tables for dining or meeting; mid cabin is configured for conferences, with seating for five and workstation and cabinet; the aft cabin offers a three-person divan that can be transformed to a large bed. A nicely appointed galley is located forward, featuring a cold air chiller, high temp oven, microwave and Aerolux Nespresso machine.Technical amenities include a wide range of electronic video supplies, and laptop imagery on all cabin monitors, XM Radio, surround sound, a 31.5” LCD TV, high-speed internet and inflight phone service.Chartered flights aboard Crystal’s Global Express jet are now available for booking and will fly guests virtually anywhere in the world, with a max flight range at just under 12 hours per leg. The line will also add a Boeing 777 to its growing fleet in 2017 and 787 Dreamliner in 2018. Crystal charter aircrafts will be operated by Corporate Flight Management DBA Crystal Luxury Air.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgMickey Mouse and Friends: Disney EmpireMickey Mouse and his friends are worldwide phenomenon, which has led to the creation of an entire collection of giant Disney theme parks and resorts across the globe, plus a cruise line, guided tour company and timeshare club. No matter where you go, Disney characters are sure to be found, but for the ultimate Disney experience, travel to one of the biggest tourist Meccas on the planet, (as well as the biggie of all the Disney parks) – Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Find cheap flights to the USAReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map This year is the 50th anniversary of The Adventures of Asterix, the courageous Gaul whose adventures have been translated into more than 100 languages worldwide.Skyscanner pays tribute to the legendary comic by tracking down Asterix, along with some of his fellow animated superstars, on their home turf and in the places where they shine most. Ginger Meggs: Sydney, AustraliaAustralia’s oldest and most notorious comic strip, Ginger Meggs, documents the escapades of a mischievous red-haired boy. The storyline had a suburban setting that was familiar to the author Jimmy Bancks, since he grew up in the Sydney outskirts in Hornsby. In homage to Ginger, a bronze memorial stands not far from a park named in this honour – Ginger Meggs Park. There is also a restaurant named after the red-haired rascal in Sydney. Find cheap flights to AustraliaMcMug: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, ChinaMcMug, a little pink piglet, hails from Lantau Island, a beautiful, relaxing refuge located in Hong Kong. Despite being a comic, the stories often cover adult topics including poverty, death and single-parent families. Fans of the comic cutie can combine a leisurely beach vacation on the pig’s home island with a jaunt into Hong Kong city to catch an exhibition at one of the metropolis’ many art museums. Find cheap flights to to ChinaKrtek: Prague, Czech RepublicKrtek is a little red-nosed black mole which was created in 1956 and has become a pop culture icon throughout the Czech Republic, and especially in the capital Prague. Here, he appears in street art, modern art, children’s museums, cinemas and large toy stores that sell exclusively Krtek merchandise. Immerse yourself in Prague’s beauty and take a stroll down its winding stone streets as you hunt for this famous little mole who has been the star of over 50 films. Find cheap flights to Czech RepublicPersepolis: IranThis graphic novel and subsequent animated film is based on the life of Iranian native Marjane Satrapi and bears the name of the ancient town in Iran that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The film received much criticism from the Iranian government who claimed it “presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution”. Tour the ancient ruins in Persepolis that are still incredibly well preserved. Iranians are renowned for their culture of hospitality towards foreign visitors, and the country offers everything from beaches and bazaars to skiing on snow covered mountains. Find cheap flights to IranThe Adventures of Tintin: Belgium and FranceCreated by Belgian artist Hergé, lead character and hero Tintin is a quiff haired Belgian reporter. Aided by his faithful hound – Snowy – and sea-dog captain Haddock, Tintin continues to be a comic favourite, 80 years since his creation. Stop by the regal Château de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley, which was the model for Captain Haddock’s countryside home, Marlinspike Hall. Inside, a permanent exhibit is dedicated to the Tintin stories. In Brussels, become an investigative journalist like Tintin for the day, and use the walking guide to scope out all sorts of paraphernalia and displays related to the wildly popular character that are scattered throughout the city. Find cheap flights to Belgium and France The Adventures of Asterix: Parc Asterix, Plailly, FranceStill going strong 50 years on, Asterix and friends continue to fight off the Roman Empire as well as embark on adventures further afield. Help the beloved comic hero commemorate his big milestone birthday at a theme park built in his honour. Have your own superhuman adventures as you brave the scariest rides, meet the characters, travel through the ages and experience Asterix adventuring in foreign lands. Find cheap flights to FranceAstro Boy: Tokyo, JapanJapan is well known for its love of manga (comic books) and anime (animated films) and one of its most famous comic creations is Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot who first appeared in 1952. Tokyo is the heart of all things Astro Boy, all over town the little superhero makes his mark: in the Takadanobaba district, Astro Boy adorns the currency, at the Fukutoshin subway station a mural made of train tickets depicts him in action, and the suburb of Niiza City has even registered Astro Boy as an official resident! His newest big screen release is also currently opening up at theatres worldwide. Find cheap flights to JapanWallace and Gromit: Wigan, Lancashire, UKA trip to Wigan will bring you to the hometown of Wallace and Gromit, two of the most well-known British Plasticine pairs ever. It’s the series’ 20th anniversary this year, and the perfect time to make the pilgrimage to the northwest of England. Why not try a little of Wallace’s favourite cheese – Wensleydale – and play some of the duo’s video game spin-offs while you’re at it? Find cheap flights to the UKBatman: Chicago, Illinois, USAGritty Gotham City comes to life in the movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which were both filmed amidst Chicago’s towering skyscrapers in the historical downtown Loop neighbourhood. Retrace the footsteps of the filmmakers using the online guide, and relive all of the best bits from the movies. Next summer, don’t miss the famous animation convention –Comic Con – when it swings through the windy city. And did you know there’s even a Batman Airport in Turkey? Find cheap flights to the USA RelatedWizarding Holidays: World’s Most Wizardly DestinationsSkyscanner goes on a magic trip to reveal the homes of wizards around the worldThe world’s best new theme park ridesSeeking the ultimate adrenaline rush? You’re in luck! This year, some of the world’s top theme parks have created some seriously scream-inducing rides – and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of zombie-filled haunted houses or you want to see how virtual reality is changing the game for…Controversial Cartoons around the worldControversial Cartoons around the worldlast_img read more

Related 13 things for nonskiers to do on a ski ho

first_img Related13 things for non-skiers to do on a ski holidayHere are some great alternatives for when you get sick of hitting the slopes.How to save money and have a cheap ski holidaySkiing is expensive; the flights, accommodation, lift passes, lessons. Costs can quickly mount up – and that’s before we even get onto the après-ski! Stop them getting out of hand with our top tips for saving on this season’s ski holiday.Essential guide for travelling with ski and snowboard equipmentSo you’ve waxed your skis, purchased your insurance and pre-booked the lift pass. All that’s left to do is throw everything in a suitcase and head for the airport, right? Big mistake: taking a careless approach to packing ski and snowboard equipment is a recipe for disaster. Brush up on… Engelberg, Switzerland (19-20th December 2009)Around 20,000 fans turn up for the Weltcup Skispringen in Engelberg. Once the excitement of the competition is over, enjoy some skiing yourself – either cross country or downhill and then relax in the attractive monastery village and treat yourself to some Swiss alpine cuisine in the numerous restaurants. Find cheap flights to SwitzerlandGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (31st December 2009 – 1st January 2010)Traditionally a ski jump competition is held on New Year’s Day here as part of the four hills tournament (Vierschanzen-tournee) and after easing through the first hangover of the year with some gentle watching of the competitors, you can then go and do some first class skiing yourself before exploring the historic town in, what is undoubtedly, Germany’s winter sports capital. Find cheap flights to GermanySapporo, Japan (08-10th January 2010)Outside Japan, Sapporo is best known to Westerners for its beer, and perhaps as the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics. It stages a number of ski jumping events throughout the season where visitors can enjoy the spectacle as well as sampling the famous powder skiing, which, thanks to its location on the northern island of Hokkaido, is some of the lightest and driest in the world. Find cheap flights to JapanWhistler, British Columbia, Canada (12-22th February 2010)Home to the Winter Olympic Games for 2010, the Whistler Olympic Park site will be the home of the cross-country, biathlon, Nordic and ski jumping events. Whistler’s famous skiing needs no introduction and the Olympic buzz means that this February will be an interesting (if not expensive) time to go. Find cheap flights to CanadaWisla, Poland (27-28th February 2010)Wisla is the birthplace of Poland’s most successful ski jumper. Who hasn’t heard of the globally famous, Adam Malysz? This is a picturesque town known as The Pearl of the Beskid Mountains and surrounded by beautiful forests on the surrounding slopes. The city offers access to a number of well-maintained ski lifts and the town bustles at night with restaurants, bars and cafes. Find cheap flights to PolandEisenerz, Austria (05-07th March 2010)Once you have enjoyed the ski jump competition, you can then don some cross-country skis and try a 21km route taking you through beautiful frozen forest scenery. There is downhill skiing available too at Skiarena Präbichl, and if you aren’t tired after all that, then how about a spot of ice-skating in the town centre. Find cheap flights to AustriaCourchevel, France (06-07th March 2010)Watch the airborne lunatics before heading out onto the mountains to make use of the world’s largest lift-linked ski area – the massive Trois Vallées. The skiing is awesome, there are luxury shops and gourmet restaurants, and if you’re really unlucky you might spot a few Russian billionaire oligarchs knocking about. Find cheap flights to FranceKuopio, Finland (08-09th March 2010)Famed for its ski jumping competition, Kuopio truly is a ski city, with slopes only 1.5km from the city centre. There are a number of other ski areas around the town and be sure to try Kalakukko, a Finnish food delicacy consisting of rye bread stuffed with fish, pork and bacon before baking. Find cheap flights to FinlandLillehammer, Norway (11-12th March 2010)Famed for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer in the east of Norway attracts around 800,000 tourists a year to take part in a range of alpine sports. The town doesn’t just stage the ski jump world cup, but also attracts a host of other sporting events such as bobsleigh and luge competitions, downhill skiing and this year the Norwegian Skating festival. Find cheap flights to NorwayPlanica, Slovenia (18th-21st March 2010)Planica remains Slovenia’s largest sporting event and for a time it was the biggest ski jumping hill in the world. The nearby ski resort of Kranjska Gora is one of the Slovenia’s most popular ski resorts and will also be hosting the alpine ski races at the World Winter Games Masters 2010. Find cheap flights to SloveniaReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map To celebrate the start of the FIS World Cup Ski jumping season, Skyscanner brings you 10 of the most exciting ski jumping competitions in the world.Ski jumping is a strange sport. Most people of an athletic nature could have a try at any new sporting activity and make a reasonable go of it. You could punt a football, whack a shuttlecock or sit on a horse.But with ski jumping – it’s not quite the same. You’d have to be either suicidal or on a very drunken stag trip to consider launching yourself from a near vertical ramp and soaring through the air. Even the most adept alpine skier would find themselves in hospital. Immediately. And this is what makes ski jumping such an exciting spectator sport. Long live Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards!last_img read more

Two Wisconsinbased entrepreneurs Jay Blossom Br

first_imgTwo Wisconsin-based entrepreneurs, Jay Blossom, Broker/Owner/Founder of Properties of Door County in Sister Bay and Tim Halbrook, owner of Halbrook Builders in Green Bay, have teamed up to design, build and sell a luxury bayside home and then, upon sale of the home – aptly named the Pink Ribbon House – donate $50,000 to the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation.Jay Blossom, creator of the Pink Ribbon House phenomenon, talked about why he felt the need to give so generously to this particular organization. “I have always admired the Favres for their generosity to the communities near and dear to them in both Wisconsin and Mississippi,” said Blossom. “In addition, my mother grew up a close friend of Susan Kohmen. I know that my gift to organizations designed to help women afflicted with breast cancer would make her very proud.”The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is headed by Deanna, wife of former Green Bay Packer quarterback, Brett Favre. Deanna founded the organization after her own courageous battle with breast cancer. Today, the mission of the Deanna Favre HOPE Foundation is to provide assistance to women who are underserved or underinsured in their battle against breast cancer.“quote from foundation or Deanna” The $50,000 gift will come from the eventual sale of the Pink Ribbon House located in Sister Bay – a community situated in Door County, Wisconsin, a popular tourism destination and vacation home locale for Midwestern families. No expense has been spared in this luxury home, which features quality craftsmanship throughout.“We’ve paid special attention to the details in this home,” said Halbrook who is overseeing the construction of the Pink Ribbon House. “High end products such as cherry wood floors throughout and a good dose of copper on the exterior coupled with the highest level of fit and finish make this home really something special.”Blossom, who is handling the sale of the home through his real estate company, Properties of Door County, assures that this home is only the beginning.“Depending on the interest and success of this home sale, I believe this particular project is only the first in a series of homes that we will build, enabling us to give back to those organizations – like the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation – that do so much for those who need it most.”For more information on the Pink Ribbon House contact John Blossom III (Jay) at (920) 854-6444. A full description of the home can be found online at www.propertiesofdoorcounty.com.last_img read more

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first_imgSanta Monica, Calif. – Virgin Charter (www.VirginCharter.com) announced today that its online marketplace, the first-ever end-to-end solution for private air travel, is now open. Virgin Charter, the “smarter way to charter”, makes it easier than ever to find and book charter flights on private aircraft from operators hand-picked for their exceptional safety and quality standards. The launch marks the conclusion of the closed beta period during which an exclusive group of corporate and individual buyers utilized the marketplace. Virgin Charter’s marketplace is free to join and offers clients immediate access to its cutting-edge technology:Click. Buy. Fly: Clients manage their entire trip over the Internet.Best-of-the-Best Aircraft: Virgin Charter has used its aviation expertise to select operators that represent the cream of the crop.Safety Assurance: All operators are audited for safety by independent, internationally recognized third partiesQuality Standards: Virgin Charter has worked with JD Power & Associates to create the industry’s first Quality Ratings Program.24/7 Customer Service: Virgin-trained specialists are available anytime to help with clients’ needs.Hot Deals: Clients are able to make an offer on private charter flights that would otherwise be flying empty.Virgin Charter’s technology solution transforms a complicated process into a simple 4-step process. Virgin Charter clients SUBMIT their trip request online, COMPARE offers from top charter operators, SELECT the best offer, and BUY it online. The technology also makes it easy to compare offers based on price, aircraft, quality, and safety, saving time and ensuring clients get the right plane for their trip.“Virgin Charter has brought tremendous innovation to the charter market,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Virgin’s brilliant customer service and aviation expertise combined with unprecedented technology prowess has resulted in a winning formula.”“Until now, booking on-demand charter has been a cumbersome process and flyers didn’t always know what they were getting,” said Scott Duffy, CEO, Virgin Charter. “We are bringing the power of Virgin to the industry and are now offering an entirely new way to book charter over the Internet while setting new quality standards.”Virgin Charter also announced that Travelocity Business(R) is the exclusive launch business travel agency for Virgin Charter in the Travel Management Company space. Virgin Charter will provide charter solutions for Travelocity Business clients who want to fly private.“Virgin Charter is a natural fit in our suite of corporate VIP and Meetings services,” said Lesley Harris, president of Travelocity Business. “The notion of bringing the power of automation and online simplicity to a historically manual process like private aviation mirrors our approach to everyday account management. We look forward to working with Virgin Charter in the managed travel arena.”About Virgin CharterVirgin Charter (www.virgincharter.com) is an online marketplace that makes it easy to book private air charter over the Internet. Virgin Charter brings unprecedented efficiency, transparency and convenience to the industry. The company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.About Travelocity BusinessSouthlake, Texas-based Travelocity Business is a full-service corporate travel management company. TBiz(R) is one of the business travel industry’s fastest-growing agencies, with more than $800 million in annual travel spend under management. For more information, visit www.travelocitybusiness.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2018 4:13 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 5, 2018 at 6:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kylie Jenner announces birth of ‘healthy,’ ‘beautiful’ girl In this combination photo, TV personality Kylie Jenner, left, attends Harper’s Bazaar Icons celebration on Sept. 9, 2016, in New York and rapper Travis Scott performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. In an Instagram post Sunday, Feb. 4, Jenner announced the birth of her baby girl born Thursday. It’s the first child for the 20-year-old reality star and the 25-year-old rapper. (Photos by Andy Kropa, left, and John Salangsang/Invision/AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – After months of speculation that she was pregnant with her first child, Kylie Jenner has announced the birth of a baby girl.In an Instagram post Sunday, Jenner says the baby was born Thursday. It’s the first child for the 20-year-old reality TV star and 25-year-old rapper Travis Scott.In her post, Jenner apologizes for keeping fans “in the dark through all the assumptions.” She says she chose to keep her pregnancy private and “not to do in front of the world.”She says pregnancy was “the most beautiful, empowering and life changing experience.”Jenner says her daughter is healthy and beautiful. She posted a video on her app that showed her mother, Kris Jenner, giving birth to her and ended with a message about her own baby. It stated her daughter was born Thursday afternoon and weighed eight pounds and nine ounces.Neither post revealed her daughter’s name.A message to Kylie Jenner’s publicist wasn’t immediately returned.last_img read more

Latest Hot poker conservative host loses radio

first_imgLatest: ‘Hot poker’ conservative host loses radio show too by The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2018 10:04 am PDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on TV host resigning after Parkland survivor threat (all times local):12:35 p.m.A conservative commentator who resigned from a St. Louis TV station after sending a threatening tweet about a 17-year-old survivor of a Florida high school shooting also is off the radio airwaves.Entercom spokeswoman Esther-Mireya Tejeda said Tuesday that Jamie Allman’s show on KFTK-FM has been taken off the air while the company “looks into the matter.” Entercom purchased KFTK-FM from Emmis Communications last month.The announcement came one day after Sinclair Broadcast Group said Jamie Allman’s resignation has been accepted and his KDNL-TV show cancelled.Businesses pulled advertising from Allman’s shows after he tweeted last month he would use “a hot poker” to sexually assault David Hogg. Hogg has strongly advocated for stricter gun control since 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida.___11:40 a.m.A conservative commentator who tweeted that he would use “a hot poker” to sexually assault a 17-year-old survivor of a Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station.Sinclair Broadcast Group spokesman Ronn Torossian said in a statement Monday that Jamie Allman’s resignation has been accepted and his KDNL-TV show cancelled.Allman hasn’t responded to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Businesses pulled advertising from Allman’s shows after he sent the March 26 tweet targeting David Hogg.Hogg has strongly advocated for stricter gun control since 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida.Allman was absent Monday from his show on KFTK-FM. An Emmis Communications spokeswoman said in an email that it closed last month on the sale of the station to Entercom. A spokeswoman for Entercom didn’t immediately return a phone or email message.____7:20 a.m.A conservative commentator who tweeted that he would use “a hot poker” to sexually assault a 17-year-old survivor of a Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station.Sinclair Broadcast Group spokesman Ronn Torossian said in a statement Monday that Jamie Allman’s resignation has been accepted and his KDNL-TV show cancelled.Allman hasn’t responded to messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.Businesses pulled advertising from Allman’s shows after he sent the March 26 tweet targeting David Hogg.Hogg has strongly advocated for stricter gun control since 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida.Allman was absent Monday from his show on KFTK-FM. The radio station’s owner, Emmis Communications, hasn’t responded to an email asking about Allman’s status.last_img read more

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first_img This cover image released by New West Records shows “Solstice” a release by Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon. (New West Records via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2019 2:05 pm PDT Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, “Solstice” (New West)Some of the solo and parallel projects of North Mississippi Allstars guitarist-vocalist Luther Dickinson have been among his most fascinating work.He continues that tradition on the diverse “Solstice,” where his role as producer and musical matchmaker gives the spotlight to Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, a custom-made lineup that includes some longtime collaborators (Amy LaVere and Sharde Thomas), a Mississippi gospel trio (The Como Mamas), the husband-and-wife duo Birds of Chicago and Amy Helm.Recorded at the Dickinson family’s Zebra Ranch Studios in (where else?) Mississippi, “Solstice” has the kind of effortless quality that results from musicians collaborating on similar wavelengths.Drummer and fife player (a family tradition) Sharde Thomas’ two songs — “Fly With Me” and “We Made It” — are brief, optimistic and delightfully playful, while Amy LaVere expertly reprises David Egan’s “Hallelujah (I’m A Dreamer)” and kills softly with the romantic menace of her own “The Night Is Still Young.”Amy Helm takes the lead on the soulful “Sing to Me” and a cover of “Like a Songbird That Has Fallen,” from the “Cold Mountain” soundtrack.The Como Mamas are a group in themselves, their acapella renditions carrying powerful messages — “Turn the light from heaven/On my soul/If you find anything that shouldn’t be/Take it out/And straighten me.”Distinguished guests include Charles Hodges (from the Hi Records rhythm section) on Hammond B-3 organ, and guitarists Alvin Youngblood Hart and Will Sexton (LaVere’s husband).And Luther Dickinson? He also plays guitars as the ladies perform, their voices blending and standing out with equal grace and emotion.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Review: Luther Dickinson, sisters in song share ‘Solstice’last_img read more

September 2 2003 CENTURY PLANT This cluster of C

first_imgSeptember 2, 2003CENTURY PLANT: This cluster of Century Plants [Agave Americanan] grows behind the Ceramics Apse. One of the plants has begun to grow its flower stalk. This first photo was taken on 5/1 of this year. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> There is a remarkable difference in size on 5/6. >>right>> This photo was taken on 5/12. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> 5/22 We did not measure the size but the push of this plants effort is amazing. >>right>> On 5/28 little branches have sprouted at the top portion of the stalk. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> On 6/9 buds have grown on the branches and >>right>> on 6/27 the beautiful flowers are visited by busy bees. [Photo & text: sa] The stalk of this plant turns into a very light, hollow wood, with solid branches and large seedpods on those branches. It has been observed that this kind of stalk can be used for a version of the aborigin instrument digereedoo. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

November 5 2008 The Sept 28 workshop partici

first_imgNovember 5, 2008 The Sept. 28. workshop participants graduated last Friday, October 31. 2008. Congratulations to: [from left] Amy Bunker, Asako Kitazawa, Hortense Sestito, Elvire Callaghan, Giorgio Bologna, Alyssa Blumstein and Aarthi Janakiraman. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Weeklong speeding clampdown begins Monday

first_imgPolice announced on Sunday that it would be launching a new speeding clampdown in the coming week, beginning on Monday.“It is an indisputable fact that speeding is one of the main causes of serious and fatal road traffic collisions, which is why police are focusing their efforts in this direction,” a brief announcement said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Etyk bashes Georgiades on pension funds wants a word with President

first_imgBank workers’ union Etyk said on Wednesday that the rejection by the finance minister of its demands for complete compensation of provident funds for losses suffered in the banking crisis, confirms that it is being unfairly treated.The cabinet’s decision in July to compensate funds for 75 per cent of their losses with a cap of up to €100,000 per provident fund beneficiary, confirms that “bank workers are in the crosshairs as it provocatively ignores previous commitments given to us,” Etyk said in a statement on its website.The statement, partly written in capital letters, with parts in bold or underlined, is an all-out-assault against Finance Minister Harris Georgriades, whom Etyk accuses of bias, and suggests that the union intends to step up the pressure against the government. It also bashes the Fiscal Council which also advised against a full reinstatement of provident funds.Provident funds which held €1.1bn in deposits, lost €763m in the banking crisis four-and-a-half years ago like any other depositor. Those at Bank of Cyprus saw 47.5 per cent of their uninsured deposits converted to equity as part of Cyprus’s bailout programme, while those at Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, lost everything in excess of €100,000.“But the culmination of the hatred and mockery of bank workers was manifested in a comment of the minister during our meeting that even if more funds were given, he would propose that none should be given to bank workers,” the union said. “The leaders of our organisation also asked the President of the Republic for a meeting to discuss this burning issue”.On Friday, Georgiades said that while the government acknowledged “mistakes and omissions of the past,” fiscal and moral limitations prevented the government from fully compensating provident funds for their losses. The government which in 2013 made available €300m to compensate the provident funds for half of their losses and pledged further €166m last month, would need €88m to fully compensate provident funds which would “entirely” flow to 1,900 bank workers, the minister had said.In April last year, President Nicos Anastasiades said that the government would compensate the funds to only 75 per cent, in accordance with previous statements by Georgiades.Etyk did not spare the Fiscal Council, a body tasked with monitoring the drafting and implementation of the government budget to ensure fiscal responsibility, saying that “those circles targeting bank workers” also conscripted the council.The fiscal watchdog said on August 22, that the full compensation of provident funds would increase the systemic risk “with incalculable consequence as it would send the message that the taxpayer would be liable for mistakes of institutional investors.The union, refuted that the managing committees of each provident fund had any responsibility for the prudent administration of their funds and blamed the Registrar of Occupational Retirement Funds, who supervises provident funds. “The funds of both funds were trapped in both banks with the responsibility of the Registrar who didn’t allow risk spreading,” the union said. It added that this was particularly the case with Laiki, which went into the hands of the government after its nationalisation in May 2012.Theophanis Tryphonos, head of the Social Insurance Services of the Ministry of Labour, who supervises provident funds, said that he repeatedly asked their management committees to avoid risk concentration as early as 2010 and 2011 and as late as weeks before the banking crisis.Tryphonos, who was commenting in a telephone interview, reiterated that he advised funds managed by bank workers to disperse risk after banks agreed to disburse €1.5n in gratuity fees in January 2013.In its statement, the union, known for its militant rhetoric and practices, mocked Georgiades for his concern about taxpayers. It cited the €1.7bn capital injection to the cooperative banks – which helped the state avoid losses several times that amount – and the support extended to the pension fund of state-owned power producer Electricity Authority of Cyprus to cover losses from mismanagement, which is provided by law.The union also criticised Georgiades for the up to €1.1bn decrease in the equity of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank since its nationalisation, and the government’s decision to assume the responsibility for €185.3m in guaranteed debt of municipal authorities in July.Etyk also resorted to comparing the plight of its retired members with that of civil servants, saying that bank workers paid up to one tenth of their income for contributions “and get no pension from their employer” unlike workers in the government sector and state-owned organisations.The union also said that it had received both verbal and written assurances from the government given as early as in the summer of 2013, months after the banking crisis pushed the island’s economy into uncertainty, that it would offer full compensation.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Private schools on board with informing parents on total fees

first_imgBy Evie AndreouTHE association of private schools agrees with a provision in a proposed bill which calls for parents to be informed on the total amount of tuition they will have to pay for the duration of their children’s studies, its chairman, Giorgos Kritikos, said on Thursday.The bill on private schools, which was sent by the House education committee to the plenary for a vote, provides that parents must be informed by private schools on the overall tuition for their children’s entire period of schooling.The majority of MPs say the provision will ensure transparency and help parents plan their children’s studies accordingly. The provision was in fact a proposal by the association of private schools.“This the position of the majority of private schools. We have no problem in informing parents on the overall amount of the tuition fees,” Kritikos told the Cyprus Mail.He added that there were schools in the past that although they would inform parents that there would be a slight increase in their tuition fees, the actual rise led to problems, as it was not what parents had anticipated.According to the same bill, he said, all private schools will have to submit to the education ministry each year their studies guides and other obligations of the schools, for approval by the minister.  This, Kritikos said, aimed at “putting things in order.”There were cases, he said, where parents found themselves having to pay up to €1,500 and €2,000 more by the time their child graduated compared with the first year of his or her studies.But these provisions, he said, are still not final as the bill will still need to be discussed at the House plenum and some parties may want to propose changes.The head of the House education committee, Disy’s Kyriacos Hadjiyiannis, said on Wednesday that the bill obliges private schools to agree tuition fees with the parents for the full seven years of study. Any fee increases throughout that period must be agreed with the parent in advance.Akel deputy, Andros Kafkalias, said that this would essentially give private schools the right to raise their fees without any permission from the education ministry. He said his party would propose an amendment.At the moment, private schools need to submit to the education ministry for approval any increases in tuition fees each year, at least three months before the start of the new school year. You May LikeSolar PowerCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar PowerUndoYeah! MotorJerry Seinfeld’s Coolest 40 CarsYeah! MotorUndoPensAndPatron20+ Uses For Baking Soda That Aren’t On The BoxPensAndPatronUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Buffer zone fire under control in Famagusta area Updated

first_imgAn intermittent fire that was ongoing in a minefield in the UN-controlled buffer zone near the Famagusta General Hospital in Paralimni since Sunday night was under control by midday Monday after fire services on both sides managed to contain it from their respective sides and prevent it from spreading.A UN spokesperson confirmed the fire was under control. He added that “firefighters from both sides attended the scene and offered their assistance to Unficyp, though they could not intervene with the extinguishing of the fire”.The fire broke out around 10pm Sunday within the buffer zone on a dirt road leading to the northern areas, burning mostly low and dry vegetation. Around half a square kilometre has so far been burnt.Fire service spokesman Andreas Kettis said that the blaze moved in the direction of the sea on Sunday night, managing to confine itself in this way.The blaze fizzled out around 6am Monday but rekindled three hours later, Kettis said. He added that it also moved slightly into the government-controlled areas allowing firefighters who were on standby to extinguish that part of the fire. Fire trucks were stations at Ayia Marina and DheryniaA dirt trench as also drug to stop the fire spreading.Kettis also said that if necessary, the fire service would request that they be allowed to intervene in the buffer zone, accompanied by UN forces, but this would all depend on wind speed and direction. You May LikeCrutchfield.comSetting up a powered-speaker PA systemCrutchfield.comUndoLezhin ComicsThe best romance webcomicsLezhin ComicsUndoTranslatyCommunicate with Anybody Effortlessly Using this Pocket TranslatorTranslatyUndo Companies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Foreigner remanded after airport arrest updated

first_imgA 34-year-old foreign man arrested at Larnaca airport on Saturday night in connection with a burglary and possession of stolen items was remanded by the Famagusta District Court on Sunday for two days.According to the police, a 30-year-old from Ayia Napa reported that at around 7pm €5,100 in cash has been stolen from hi home.At the scene police were given evidence against the 34-year-old who was known to the home owner and had even spent time at the house in question.Shortly afterwards the 34-year-old was spotted at departures at Larnaca airport while a search revealed he was carrying €2,010, GB£1,845 and goods worth €533.He could not give a reasonable explanation for where the items came from and was arrested.He reportedly admitted to the robbery during questioning and is expected to be presented before Famagusta District Court on Sunday for a remand order.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

European Commission funding for bicommunal committees

first_imgA European Commission mechanism offering financial support of the bicommunal technical committees to the tune of €1 million over two years has been set up.The money will go towards funding projects and consultants.The co-presidents of the bicommunal technical committees were informed on Wednesday on the application procedure that they will need to follow to retrieve funding.The financial support mechanism was announced by the European Commission on Tuesday, which said that as part of its support for confidence-building measures (CBMs) between the two communities of Cyprus, it has reached a new agreement with the UNDP, whereby it will offer financial support amounting to €1 million over the course of two years.In a meeting at the old Nicosia airport located in the UN-protected area, the Geek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot co-presidents of the technical committees met with the UN special representative Elizabeth Spehar, a representative of the UN office in Cyprus dealing with the issue of technical committees, a representative of the European Commission, and the head of office of the UNDP in Cyprus, Tiziana Zennaro.One quarter of the sum will go toward the creation of an office that will be responsible for informing and assisting the technical committees on the online application procedure that will allow them to retrieve and utilise funds. The office will be hosted in the old Nicosia airport.Applications will be examined by a committee, which will be composed of a representative of the European Commission, the UNDP, the UN office in Cyprus and two coordinators of the technical committees.The committees will be able to apply for funding for short-term and long-term projects, as well as for consultant fees.The evaluation committee will meet once a month.The European Commission representative said the agreement is for two years but could be extended if the scheme is successful You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Busy year for Cyprus energy prospects

first_imgCyprus’ energy agenda in 2016 will be extensive, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday.Within a few weeks, he told reporters, the entry of British Gas (BG) into the Block 12 consortium should be completed.In late November, BG Group announced it acquired a 35 per cent stake in the block following an agreement with concession holder and operator Noble Energy. The agreement is subject to government approval.Lakkotrypis said a number of developments should be expected vis a vis exploration for hydrocarbons.“We are hoping for at least one drill [in 2016], but also exploration activities by the other companies which hold concessions [in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone].”On the tripartite meeting between Cyprus, Israel and Greece – the first at the level of heads of state – to be held in Nicosia on January 28, the minister said the Presidential Palace was currently drafting the agenda.“It is very important to promote geopolitically our bilateral and trilateral meetings, perhaps even four-way meetings,” Lakkotrypis noted.Asked if he was alluding to Jordan as the potential fourth party, he declined to elaborate.“Let us not jump the gun. We have ahead of us a very important trilateral, between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, and from there on an effort will be made to expand it,” he noted.The first trilateral political consultations at the foreign ministry level were held in Athens on November 12 , 2014. The three parties focused on the prospects for cooperation in the fields of energy development, immigration, combating terrorism, tourism, the environment, water management, and research and technology.The January 28 tripartite will be held just as Israel and Turkey are initiating talks to normalise their relations, after the two countries fell out over the deadly storming by Israeli commandos in 2010 of a Turkish aid ship, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Outgoing justice minister to stay on for two more weeks

first_imgOutgoing Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou will remain in office for 15 more days to handle the justice reform bills, the government said on Wednesday.Nicolaou resigned early this month over the apparent police failures in investigating the disappearances of foreign women and two children who turned out to be the victims of a serial killer.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Wednesday the president had asked Nicolaou to stay for another two weeks to oversee crucial justice reform bills. Nicolaou will leave office on June 1, Prodromou said.The minister’s resignation was followed by the dismissal of police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou.The independent police watchdog is currently looking into the affair that has shocked the island.New chief Kypros Michaelides said his intention was to rid the force of any members who did not carry out their duty as they ought to.Speaking before a joint session of the House human rights and legal affairs committees, Michaelides said based on the findings of the probe, the leadership will decide on how to tackle any shortcomings to avoid potential mistakes in the future.He said the case will become part of the curriculum at the police academy.The issue emerged on April 14 after the accidental discovery of a woman’s body inside a mine shaft in Mitsero.It was followed by the discovery of a second body in the same shaft and the arrest of army officer Nicos Metaxas, 35, who has since confessed, according to police, to killing five foreign women and two children, the daughters of two of the women.It quickly emerged that three of the women and the two children had been reported missing a couple of years ago but police had not carried out a proper investigation into their fate.Authorities have since recovered five bodies and are still looking for two more in two lakes in Mitsero and Xyliatos.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Around 8000 taking Pancyprian exams

first_imgThe Pancyprian exams started on Monday morning, with Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris wishing students every success ahead of the first test.The exams kicked off at high schools around the island at 8am with 7,689 students sitting a three-hour modern Greek exam, which is compulsory for all school leavers. 324 of them are graduates of previous years.5,695 school leavers seek access to universities in Greece and Cyprus, while 1,994 just want to get a school leaving certificate.The number of students taking the exam this year is the lowest in the past five years.In 2018 approximately 7,700 students sat the exams, and in 2017 8,137.Hambiaouris visited Kykkos Lyceum in Nicosia early in the morning, wishing the students success and saying he believes the exam reflects what has been taught.“You realise that I personally have no involvement in the writing of the paper,” he said, answering questions during his visit at the school. “What I can tell you is that by talking to those responsible for preparing it, they have been given instructions regarding the subject matter, for it to be relevant to the material that the children were taught, to be an essay that can be completed in the time they have and I believe that this framework, which we have set, has been followed.”In previous years the three-hour Greek exam has been the cause of controversy both because of the low average grade achieved by students and the difficulty of some questions.The exams will be completed on June 13. The results will be ready around June 23, it was announced.    You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more